If you are looking at this property, you already know about its remoteness and uniqueness. It really is a great experience to see a village that is only accessible via plane for most of the year.
We stayed only three nights. Unfortunately, the northern lights did not cooperate., despite our getting up or staying up all kinds of hours. We did take a flight-seeing tour that was fantastic and a snowmobile tour that was also great.
Accommodations are very spartan and the food OK. Staff and town people very friendly. Flight from Fairbanks up and back was also terrific for seeing a beautiful landscape. We do not regret the money we spent, because as you know it is not cheap, but would not do it again.
It is almost impossible to perfectly time the northern lights. We did a lot of research and still saw very little..
My only caution to you is to make sure you are going for some additional reasons than the northern lights. Your chances are just as good in Fairbanks and it is a lot cheaper. Now that we have been to Bettles, I would not spend the money again, but rather go to Fairbanks for a week or so and hope for the best.
Also, if it is the northern lights that is drawing you to Bettles, do some reading about the kind of camera and settings to use. What the camera sees during the long exposures (10 to 15 sec) is a lot more colorful than what you can see with the naked eye.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer food, aircraft fuel, and lodging 365 days a year. We still harbor wayward pilots just like when we opened in 1951 as a Wien Alaska Airlines Lodge. We offer world class Aurora viewing (235 nights a year possible here/weather dependent) during the Fall and Winter season, National Park Collecting & Flight seeing, fishing charters, and camping / hiking drop off and pick up in the Gates of the Arctic & Kobuk Valley National Park flights with our full service Air Taxi operation based in Bettles. We have officially the best weather in Alaska, here at Bettles Field. Come see the REAL, Arctic, Bush, Alaska! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bettles Hotel Bettles
- Bettles Lodge Alaska